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    Sale 13206

    Islamic Manuscripts Featuring The Mohamed Makiya Collection

    18 April 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 133

    AN OTTOMAN ALBUM OF KARALAMA

    TURKEY, LATE 19TH CENTURY

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    AN OTTOMAN ALBUM OF KARALAMA
    TURKEY, LATE 19TH CENTURY
    Calligraphic exercises, comprising 8ff. concertina bound, each folio with dense thuluth script written in different directions, in associated 17th century Ottoman brown morocco with stamped and gilt central medallion containing floral scroll, the paper doublures decorated with tulips against a marbled ground
    Folio 10 x 5 7/8in. (25.6 x 15.2cm.)


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    A very similar album of calligraphic exercises in naskh and thuluth scripts was in the Edwin Binney 3rd Collection, Harvard University Museums, Arthur M. Sackler Museum and signed by al-Hajj al-'Arif, dated 1896-97 AD (Mary McWilliams and David J. Roxburgh, Traces of the Calligrapher, Islamic Calligraphy in Practice, c. 1600-1900, exhibition catalogue, Houston, 2007, fig. 51, pp.76-77). See also a fine example, signed Salih al-Khalis Erzerumi, dated AH 1297 in Mohammed Ali Karimzadeh Tabrizi, Ijazat Nameh, The most unique and precious document in Ottoman calligraphy, London, 1999, pp.144-145.

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